by Mark Gibson on February 23, 2007

in Bands - S

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Adelaide band The Stars first came to prominence with Quick on the Draw produced by Beeb Birtles in 1976. Beeb along with rest of Little River Band were impressed with the Adelaide band and brought tapes back to Melbourne where they scored a contract with Mushroom records. The band sported a “cowboy” look wearing boots, checked shirts and cowboy hats. The band consisted of Mick Pealing (vocals), Mal Eastick (guitar), Glyn Dowding (drums) and Graham Thompson (bass).

After the success of their first single they added Andy Durant as a second guitarist. In 1977 they toured with Joe Cocker and in 1978, The Beach Boys and Linda Ronstadt.

Although not a teen band in the mould of Sherbet or Hush, The Stars appeared regularly on Countdown and scored a top 30 hit with the Andy Durant song “Mighty rock”.

Andy Durant died on 6 May 1980 aged 25. Later that year Stars guitarist Mal Eastick organised the Andrew Durant memorial concert in Melbourne. The concert featured Stars, Jimmy Barnes, Rene Geyer, Richard Clapton and many more. The profits from the concert and sale of the double album went to The Andrew Durant Cancer Research Centre.



  • Glyn Dowding – Drums
  • Andrew Durant – Guitar
  • Malcolm Eastick -Guitar
  • Mick Elliot – Guitar
  • J.J. Hackett – Drums
  • Michael Hegerty – Bass
  • Ian McDonald – Bass
  • Roger McLachlan – Bass
  • Mick Pealing – Vocals
  • Graham Thompson- Bass


Videos of the Stars

Quick On The Draw - 1976

Look After Yourself - 1977

Mighty Rock - 1977

Known Gigs

Date City Venue
31/10/76 Stars in Moore Park (NSW) Sydney Showground
12/02/78 Stars in Sydney Sydney Opera House
07/05/78 Stars in Bondi Junction Bondi Lifesaver
10/06/79 Stars in Blacktown Blacktown Showground
18/10/79 Stars in Melbourne Bombay Rock

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